“I’m happy that the boys played well and reacted from our loss against Cignal. Hopefully, we sustain this run,” said Macaraya.Mak Long Seng topped Blustar (0-3) with 15 points, nine rebounds, and two assists, while new pickup Jason Melano wound up with 12 markers, three boards, and three dimes in the defeat.The Scores:CAFE FRANCE 88 – Desiderio 19, Ebondo 14, Veron 9, Manlangit 8, Gabriel 7, Arim 6, Aquino 4, Guinitaran 4, Jeruta 4, Calisaan 3, Casino 3, Opiso 3, Faundo 2, Wamar 2.BLUSTAR 52 – Mak 15, Melano 12, Kwaan 11, Heng 5, Ong 5, Ang 4, Choong 0, Gan 0, Kamalrulzaman 0, Liaw 0, Liew 0, Wong 0, Chin 0.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Badminton: World No. 1 left fuming over knee injury Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Quarters: 21-16, 51-22, 68-36, 88-52.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments The Bakers cruised to the easy win after holding the Dragons to just six points in the second period, allowing them to pull away, 51-22 at the half.Despite the victory, coach Egay Macaraya is still looking for a better chemistry ahead of a tough stretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I want the players to jell. I have four new players here, so you can see that even if we’re up big, our rotation is still the same,” he said. “I want our team to jell because we know that our next games will be tougher.”The Bakers rebounded from their 88-74 defeat to Cignal-San Beda last Thursday to improve to a 2-1 slate. PBA IMAGESCafe France bounced back big and clobbered Blustar Detergent by 36 points, 88-52, for its second win in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Paul Desiderio fired 19 points and three assists, while Rod Ebondo filled up the stat sheet with 14 markers, eight rebounds, two dimes, and two blocks as all 14 players scored at least two points in the dominant win.ADVERTISEMENT
‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Alyssa Valdez and Mika Reyes, the most popular players of the sport, led the list of the 25-strong pool from which the national team will be culled.“Really blessed to be part of the pool but it doesn’t stop there,” said the Bangkok-based Valdez. “I have to work harder to earn a spot on the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBy May—after a planned twice-a-day training and road tour—the final 12 will be known.“Almost all of them are superstars and multiawarded players, but we have many considerations, like height, experience and youth,” said head coach Francis Vicente. Ateneo, UST put win runs on line The pool announced during Tuesday’s PSA Forum also includes Aby Maraño, Ateneo’s Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino and La Salle’s Kim Dy. Joining them are Dawn Macandili of La Salle, Lourdes Clemente of Perpetual, Bia General of Generika, Roselle Baliton and Kath Arado of University of the East, Elaine Kasilag, and Grethcel Soltones of San Sebastian.The men’s team pool, named by coach Sammy Acaylar, includes Mark Deximo, Relan Taneo, John Kenneth Sarcena, Geuel Asia, Rey Taneo, Johnvic de Guzman, Alnakran Abdilla, Howard Mojica, Mark Alfafara, Dave Cabaron, Peter Torres, Lorenzo Capate, Bonjomar Castel, Reyson Fuentes, Herschel Ramos, Louwie Chaves, Jack Kalingking, John Paul Bugaoan, Eddiemar Kasim, Esmail Kasim, Pete John Quiel, Anjo Pertiera, Erickson Ramos and Jeff Malabanan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu The national women’s volleyball pool has been announced. Now here comes the hard part: Selecting the Final 12.“The biggest challenge is to choose the final 12 from the all-star cast,” said Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas president Joey Romasanta. “The pressure is on the coaching staff and the system.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home LATEST STORIES He said those who won’t make it to the final 12 for the Southeast Asian Games on Aug. 19 to 31 might still be tapped for two other tournaments.Expected to make the Final 12 for outside spikers are superstars Valdez, Myla Pablo, Dindin Manabat and Rachel Daquis.For opposite hitters, the lead candidates include Aiza Maizo Pontillas, 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago and lefty Jovelyn Gonzaga.For middle hitters, the top choices are Reyes, Maika Ortiz, Ria Meneses and Gen Casugod.Setters likely to be tabbed are Kim Fajardo and Rhea Dimaculangan. The libero spot is expected to go to Denden Lazaro.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media
Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES LSU title parade draws massive crowds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos View comments New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a fifth-inning single with two runners on base in a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK—Aaron Judge equaled Joe DiMaggio’s New York Yankees record for home runs by a rookie—before the All-Star break.Judge hit a two-run drive into the Yankees’ bullpen in right-center in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s 7-6 loss to Toronto, his major league-leading 29th home run of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit New York trailed 5-0 before the homer. Judge came up with two outs in the ninth with a runner on first and struck out against Roberto Osuna, unsuccessfully trying to check his swing on a low, outside slider.“I got fooled,” Judge said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sixers GM: ’Talk of playoffs is getting a little ahead of ourselves’ DiMaggio set the Yankees rookie mark in 1936. Judge reached it in New York’s 83rd game of the season.“Any time you’re in the sentence as someone like DiMaggio is pretty incredible,” Judge said. “It’s quite an honor.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Connecting on a 92 mph fastball, Judge drove it 398 feet, according to MLB’s Statcast. The only other rookies to hit 29 homers before the All-Star break were Mark McGwire in 1987 (33) and Jose Abreu in 2014 (29).Judge is hitting .331 with 65 RBIs and 104 strikeouts.
Gegard Mousasi celebrates his victory over Thiago Santos (L) during the UFC 200 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rey Del Rio/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Dutch middleweight Gegard Mousasi has signed with Bellator after four years in the UFC.Bellator announced its latest high-profile free agent signing Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Jean-Paul Gaultier to retire as fashion designer Painting found in Italian museum wall is stolen Klimt Mousasi (42-6-2) is the fourth-ranked middleweight in the UFC rankings after winning his last five bouts, including a second-round stoppage of former champion Chris Weidman in April.But the Iranian-born Mousasi had grown disenchanted with the UFC, and he was at the back of a logjam for a shot at champion Michael Bisping in its crowded middleweight division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Robert Whittaker won the UFC’s interim 185-pound title on Saturday with a decision over Yoel Romero, and former champion Luke Rockhold also sits above Mousasi in the rankings.Mousasi is following several former UFC stars in recently moving to Bellator, including Rory MacDonald, Lorenz Larkin and Ryan Bader. LATEST STORIES NBA: Rockets shift ‘full attention’ to acquiring Carmelo Anthony—report Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Imee Marcos slams driver-cap on motorcycle taxis Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic waste Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Pornography greets commuters at Sweden bus stop
LONDON, England (AP): Who needs Diego Costa when you have Davide Zappacosta? On his full Chelsea debut, the wing back announced himself to Stamford Bridge in spectacular fashion with an audacious solo goal eclipsing anything the exiled striker Costa has produced in west London. It was some way, too, for 2012 champions Chelsea to announce their return to the Champions League after failing to qualify last season. Zappacosta’s 30th-minute goal was only the second in a 6-0 rout of Azerbaijani tournament newcomers Qarabag in their opening game in Group C. The deadline-day signing from Torino started the run outside his own penalty area and surged down the field past two defenders before reaching the edge of the Qarabag penalty area, where he caught goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic off guard with his strike. The feeble Azerbaijan champions first conceded after five minutes when Pedro Rodriguez bent the ball past Sehic. Cesar Azpilicueta, playing in a back three, demonstrated his attacking threat when he headed in the third 10 minutes into the second half after being left unmarked to meet Cesc Fabregas’ cross. Just like Zappacosta, Tiemoue Bakayoko marked his Champions League debut for Chelsea with a goal in the 71st minute after coming off the bench. Bakayoko turned provider for back-up striker Michy Batshuayi to score his first goal of the season, and the rout was completed when Zappacosta set up Batshuayi for an effort that went in off Maksim Medvedev for an own-goal. The game at Stamford Bridge provided all the goals in Group C as Roma and Atletico Madrid drew 0-0 in the Italian capital.
MOST DANGEROUS Called to the Jamaica senior team long before he left Kingston College, Lloyd McLean is one of the best schoolboy footballers of all time. That’s the view of Neville Oxford, a teammate of McLean on the all-conquering 1964 and 1965 KC unit. Oxford says McLean’s ball control, intelligence, and deceptive change of pace made him a joy to play with. McLean died recently, but Oxford’s recollections are clear. “Lloydie Mac was a crafty, deceptive type player,” he recalled last week, “and a lot of people thought he was slow, but he actually ran at Champs and came third in a 400 yards race, but he has this deceptive pace, excellent ball control, excellent passer of the ball.” Small in stature and born into a family of sportsmen, McLean was third in the Class Two 440 yards final at the 1963 staging of Boys’ Championships. That turn of foot was just one of the assets that made him a key member of the undefeated team that won the Manning Cup, the Walker Cup, and the Olivier Shield two seasons straight. Asked to evaluate his former colleague, Oxford said, “one of the all-time best, in my opinion”. He wasn’t the only one with that view. McLean’s play on the winning 1963 Walker Cup team earned him an early call to the national team. In addition, an October 27 Daily Gleaner story essayed, “Inside left Lloyd McLean is the most dangerous in schoolboy football.” Later the same season, with KC about to take on a visiting Brazilian team, McLean was captioned by The Gleaner as a ‘schemer’. Defences found him elusive. “They’d think they have him, but when they look around, he’s on the ball and making a pass,” recounted Oxford. In one game against Jamaica College in 1965, the schemer laid on three of the seven goals with Oxford being one of the recipients of his through passes. Oxford explained how McLean played the game. “He will break away, but he sees a player in a better position, he will make that pass to him rather, than take the glory,” Oxford related. “They say strikers should be more selfish,” he said, “but McLean is an all-round type of player who will play the best in his opinion to make sure that goal is scored.” McLean wasn’t the captain on either the 1964 or 1965 champions, but Oxford regards him as one of the team’s leaders. “He would always know when to assert himself.” McLean passed on late in August, a day short of his 70th birthday.
Shot putter Ashinia Miller does not know when he will next be competing, but he is excited. That is because his last meet yielded a personal best that drew him close to the 21m barrier. As happy as he is about that, he expects to do better. Miller, a star for Calabar High School and now a first-year professional athlete, put his personal best out to 20.93m at the recent Bermuda Invitational Meet. The victorious big throw surprised him little. “I didn’t expect to throw that far based on my training, but it felt good.” That put him close to the 21m threshold, which has only been surpassed by two Jamaicans: 2015 IAAF World Championship bronze medallist O’Dayne Richards and 2012 Olympic finalist Dorian Scott. “To be honest, I’ve been training with 21m the entire season,” he explained. Without getting ahead of himself, Miller expects to join the 21m group soon. “People keep saying to me, ‘Hey 20.93m is a big throw,'” he recounted, “but to me, it’s not a big throw, based on where I know I can be.” The Bermuda winner is the world’s 11th-best shot putter of 2018. Asked for the date and time of this next competition, Miller said, “I’m not sure what year, but yes, excited.” He still consults with University of Georgia coach Don Babbit, but these days, he has the wisdom of former World champion Reese Hoffa to guide him, as well as training partners like 2017 World champion Tom Walsh. “He’s coming back in the end of May, so I get the privilege to train with Tom Walsh, Reese Hoffa and all those experienced guys,” he said of his training group, “and they have … a recipe for success.”
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Veteran West Indies star Deandra Dottin is now the world’s number two-ranked all-rounder in Twenty20 Internationals. In the latest rankings announced yesterday by the International Cricket Council, the 27-year-old had jumped two spots to second, following her exploits in the recent ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in the Caribbean. Dottin overtook West Indies teammate Hayley Matthews and Australia’s Ellyse Perry and is now only 32 points behind her captain Stafanie Taylor, who tops the list with 353 ranking points. Barbadian Dottin was one of the few consistent performers for the Windies in the T20 World Cup, making 121 runs and finishing as the joint-leading wicket-taker with 10 scalps. Bowling her sharp right-arm seam, she produced career-best figures of five for five in the opening match against Bangladesh in Guyana. Perry, meanwhile, lies third in the all-rounders rankings, while Matthews sits fourth and South Africa skipper Dane van Niekerk, fifth. In the batting rankings, Taylor remained steady at number two despite her poor form in the T20 World Cup, while Dottin also remained unmoved at number four, but the 20-year-old Matthews slipped three places to 15th spot. Matthews, a rising star, struck 62 against Sri Lanka but mustered scores of only 6, 8, 1 and 5 in her other four innings. She also took a tumble in the bowling rankings, falling 11 places after taking just three wickets with her off-spin in the recent tournament – all coming in her standout game against the Sri Lankans in St Lucia. However, Matthews is the only West Indies player in the top 20 of the bowling rankings, headed by Australian fast-bowler Megan Schutt. New Zealander Suzie Bates remained top of the batting rankings.
Residents of Georgetown are all anticipating seeing African comedian Emmanualla and her team perform live on August 7 at a show called “Emmanualla for Emancipation”. The show will be held at the National Cultural Centre.However, Linden and Berbice, get ready to cash in on the excitement as the team is heading your way. Yes, Emmanualla and her cast will be in Linden on August 8 and in Berbice on August 9. It will be a concert that you cannot miss.The African team includes Emmanualla, Mark Angel, Kingsley, Amanda, Denilson, Uzoma and little Success, and they are known as the best African comedy group. Guyanese are bound to enjoy every act. The night will be filled with laughter.In addition to the group, there will be performances by the Signature Entertainers. The host for the show will be Guyana’s own Lyndon “Jumbie” Jones.Tickets for the event at the National Cultural Centre on August 7 cost $2500 for adults, $1500 for kids and $4000 for stage front. Tickets are expected to be released shortly with a list of locations where they can be picked up.The prices and ticket locations for the Berbice and Linden shows are expected to be released soon.The events are promoted by Tango’s Entertainment.
Last month, I wrote about the 20th anniversary of the Ethnic Riots of Jan 12, 1998. I referred to a very polemical letter I had written a week after the tragic event, “The accord rewards the PNC for jettisoning the rule of law”. The PNC had refused to accept the internationally certified results of the December 1997 elections that gave victory to the PPP. In the wake of its protests demanding the resignation of President Janet Jagan, more than 200 Indian Guyanese were beaten on that day in the streets of Georgetown. The intent was to demand the politicians examine the fundamental contradictions that provoked such eruptions from our people, than just use “Inquiries” to cast blame, as the present PNC CoIs are meant to do.“The PNC went into the elections under some misguided notion that they could wean away enough votes (with the help of the micro parties), from the PPP to win the elections outright. (When they lost), they proceeded to do what the PNC can do best – destablizing the PPP. Seeking ex-parte injunctions, staging marches, closing down businesses and governmental offices, appealing to “kith and kin” in the disciplined forces, they were bent on forcing the PPP to conclude, as they had in 1964, that they could not govern the country, and for the PNC to step into their shoes.In tandem with these activities, they made escalating demands, as will all bullies when they see their victim backing down. The PPP has gone beyond what even the PNC had been asking for. For instance, the proposals for constitutional reforms and a truncated term of office were suggested by the PPP on its own, according to Mr Ralph Ramkarran of the PPP.The PPP misjudges the PNC…the PNC will be satisfied with nothing less than total power. It is not interested with sharing power with the PPP, which Mr Ramkarran informs us is implied by its offer of constitutional reform. Hoyte was following his mentor Burnham in absolutely rejecting this option. As soon as the CARICOM team had departed, Hoyte, while addressing his “Religious Rally,” declared that he would accept nothing less than the PPP out of office. The PNC can, and will, manufacture any number of reasons to abrogate the Accord during the “Forensic Audit” phase.And it is because of this dichotomy between what is said and what is meant by the PNC that this Accord and any other initiative will eventually founder. For we are further nurturing the cynicism created during the PNC’s dictatorship, which surrounds our political processes and institutions. We are perpetuating the morally debilitating practice wherein we knew the dictator was lying, the dictator knew he was lying, but we all pretended we were dealing with the truth. Pretty soon, very few of us could even distinguish the lies from the few truths that might have come our way. Truth became whatever the dictator said was true.Guyana will never be capable of sustained development (in its wider sense) unless we destroy this culture of lying and make-believe, and the participants in the political process are seen as legitimate by all Guyanese. This condition does not now exist. If we cannot deal with truth, however harsh it may be, then we will always be interacting with each other with distrust and suspicion. There have been several commentators who have lauded President Mandela and the post-apartheid South African accommodations which have allowed that country to move forward.None of these accommodations and progress, however, would have been possible without the establishment of their Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Its work has not been to settle scores, but to bare to all peoples the past of the present players. South Africans can then, in reconciliation, put that past behind, make choices — political and otherwise — and have confidence in the system.For the overwhelming number of Indians in Guyana, they have no confidence in the PNC because of that Party’s sordid record during its illegal dictatorship. Murders, rapes, discrimination, theft, lootings, and riggings by individuals who today cant and carp of “forensic audits” leave a bitterness in mouths that amounts at times to nausea. These cannot be swept under, or brokered away, by any “Accord”, especially after January 12th. Guyana will see no real progress without a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”In the midst of the present PNC “Crime CoIs,” we repeat our warning.